sexta-feira, 26 de novembro de 2010

Elton John glasses

Did Armani crib Elton John's sunglasses from World? 

terence koh/matt williams via purple diary

“The accessories - and the crystal suit - are fantastically camp. Elvis Presley might be long gone, but there's always Elton John”. So wrote frockwriter in September 2008 after visiting the Auckland HQ of NZ fashion brand World and being dazzled by the mad Swarovski crystal-embellished suits and accessories of its 'There is no depression' Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. The collection, which had just walked the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week, had been inspired by 1970s fashion icon Tina Chow. Well blow me down with a burlesque feather if Elton John didn't turn up at last week’s Grammy Awards for his duet with Lady Gaga in a pair of dead ringers for World’s fly-like crystal-studded sunglasses.

Frockwriter missed the broadcast of the Grammys and didn’t really pay much attention to the since widely distributed wider angle shots of the duo on stage.

But we did do a double take when we spotted this very clear Purple Diary shot, above, of Canadian artist Terence Koh "wearing Elton John’s Armani Privé glasses during Lady Gaga and Elton John’s Grammy rehearsals". Koh created the spectacular piano on which the duo performed their duet.

Whether or not it's due the different angles of the two photos, there does appear to be some slight discrepancy between these glasses sported by Koh and those finally worn by Elton John on stage (below). Perhaps Armani created several versions for him to choose from.

Given that World was referencing a 1970s New York fashion scene icon for its collection, perhaps the designers had an archival shot from that era on their inspiration board that season.

But then, perhaps Armani’s haute couture atelier had a shot from World’s show on its own, who's to say?

In any event, reports World, their glasses have since been purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria and are currently on display in Melbourne.

getty via daylife

world aw09/anzfw

self portrait at world


Elton John green sunglasses

Elton John speaks to Christian O'Connell at his home before his exclusive gig at the Union Chapel for Absolute Radio. Here, he's pictured with Breakfast Show producer Richie.

quinta-feira, 25 de novembro de 2010

Sir Elton John Photos at the Asheville Civic Center 2010

Elton John made it to the Asheville Civic Center on November 16, 2010 along with Leon Russell for one incredible night of top-tier entertainment.

Sir Elton John Photos at the Asheville Civic Center 2010

Sir Elton John performing at the Asheville Civic Center on November 16, 2010 - Concert Photography by Performance Impressions - © 2010 David Oppenheimer - Sir Elton John also performed a collaborative performance with Leon Russell and then kept playing and playing, keeping the crowd entertained to say the least. Not a sole in the audience went away without recognizing how lucky they were to be able to absorb what the talent and awesomeness of one of the world's greatest performers had to offer, and even then, Sir Elton John's performance exceeded most (if not all) attendees' high expectations.  The Union 2010 World Tour The highly acclaimed, world renowned performer did not disappoint.  Leon Russell, who opened the show, came back onstage to perform with Sir Elton John hits from their collaborative album, The Union.  The quickly sold out show kept on going and Elton John, along with his band, just kept pouring soul into hit after hit keeping the audience fully entertained.  Toward the end of the night, Elton showed no signs of slowing down and even though he could have ended the show an hour earlier, at times bowing and another slamming the cover to his Yamaha piano shut, he just raised the lid and took back to the piano bench to blaze more all-star tunes to a well-received crowd.  Getting on top of his piano (literally) and walking about the full length of the stage on all side to greet the many fans in awe of his spectacular performance, Elton John did not leave hanging the many who brought albums and memorabilia for him to sign—which he did.  The stage security earned their money and it was funny to see ladies (in their 60's) being pushed back like in classic footage of infatuated girls in the presence of the Beatles during their heyday, and I would bet some of these ladies were one in the same!